Friday, November 28, 2008

I've actually never seen First Blood

Imagine that you are 8 years old and are being raised in a very religious family. You aren't allowed to have friends outside of church members, and you aren't allowed to watch movies or television. You go to school but keep quietly to yourself. When a movie is on you go out and sit in the hall. Then, one day, just by chance, an unusual set of circumstances causes you to see First Blood. Suddenly, Rambo is your world. You imagine him as your dad, and you have to save him. And it just so happens that your classmate is trying to make a movie himself. The two ideas converge and suddenly you're having fun with other students and getting in trouble with the church. And everyone wants to be in your movie.

Son of Rambow is about the trials and tribulations of making that movie. At least, that's what the story centers around. In reality, it's about family and it's about friendship and it's about the enthusiasm of being young.

And it's a lot of fun. Really. I can't say enough good things. The acting, the script, it's all quite good. While I thought that Garth Jennings' previous movie was a little weak, this is much stronger and much more consistent throughout.